Robert "Bob" James Green
May 12, 1930 – September 14, 2019
As the sun rose over his beloved Galt, Bob drew his last breath.
Artist, drummer, and writer, Bob will be dearly missed. Devoted husband to Veronica Ross. Loving brother to Shirley Petty (Roy 2013). Devoted uncle to the Petty family. Forever remembered by many extended family and friends. Predececased by his parents Lillian and William Green.
A private family burial has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.
Inducted into the Cambridge Hall of Fame, 2017 --
Bob Green is a writer, artist, musician and humourist - one of Galt`s best known and best loved contributors to Canadian art and letters. He was born in Galt in 1930, graduated from Ryerson's journalism program, worked at the Vancouver Sun, but returned to Galt as the wire editor of the Reporter. His books include "Eavesdroppings: stories from small towns when sin was fun," recollections and stories of Galt, Preston and Hespeler that were taken from his widely enjoyed Cambridge Reporter columns, and, "It takes all kinds," more stories about the local communities and their characters. "The great leap backward" originally - published in 1968, came out again in 2015. It is a prophetic work of fiction about people who fear machinery and computers.
Green's artistic media are primarily oils and acrylic. According to an article he wrote in the Cambridge Citizen, Bob opened his first art gallery (the first of four) in 1976 above the back end of the Bank of Commerce at the corner of Water and Main. He supplemented his artistic income by working as a porter at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Some of his work is held in the City of Cambridge Corporate Art Collection, and another piece is held by the City of Cambridge Archives; many are in private collections.
The multi-talented Green starred in a Canadian short film, Metamorphosis, which won the Short Film Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in 1976. Green played the part of a man who makes his home in an elevator.
It has been music that has been Green`s lifelong companion. Interested in music from his early childhood, he became a jazz drummer for local bands in his high school years, playing for the Charlie Rush Trio and Johnny Kostigan`s band at Preston`s Leisure Lodge. He has played in all kinds of bands, including country western, and played at Milford Manor on Lake Muskoka with Robert Kerr. More recently, he played with the Arte Trio.
Green was awarded the Bernice Adams award in 1982 for Visual Arts, and in 1998 won the Bernice Adams Special Trustee Award. The Rotary Club gave him a Paul Harris Fellowship in 1997. He is married to author, poet and editor Veronica Ross.
Robert "Bob" James Green
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October 15, 2019
To the Green and Petty Families, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Bob! He will be missed!
October 10, 2019
RIP Bob. You were always good to me and your book is underrated. Your life is inspiration because you did a lot. I aspire to live as fully as you did, Thanks for the memories and may you rest in peace. My condolences to his family at this time, also.
October 8, 2019
Hello I also enjoyed reading Bob’s column in the reporter when I would travel down to visit my mother who lived in the Everglades Park where Bob lived. My wife and I after many years became residents of The Everglades .
I was repairing Bobs Computer one day and needed some parts so Bob and I went into Paris to a place that dealt with computer salvage of all kinds and that is where Bob and I purchased our army issued toques. He is wearing his in this picture he loved his toque.
We both burned firewood for heat so in the spring we would go down to Simpson’s sawmill and bring back loads of slab wood for the winters warmth.
Bob I found out was my mother’s paperboy when they lived on Shade Street in Galt.
He was allot of fun and always had a story for you. He had a unique sense of humour.
September 27, 2019
I finally met the man that I had read stories he had written in our Evening Reporter for many years before. Eleven years ago he became our neighbour. I found out at that time that he was so much more than a writer. Wonderful artist, lover of animals, a great story teller, and much more! You are free now Bob, to run, ride your bike, and do all the things that you so enjoyed.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Bob and Theresa
September 25, 2019